With the end of the 20th century, biopolymers experienced a boom and have been growing continuously ever since. In 2019, they reached a global production capacity of about 10 million tons. Depending on the raw material and degradability, biobased and biodegradable plastics are distinguished. The largest representative of biopolymers on the market is polylactide (PLA), which is mainly used as packaging material. However, biopolymers are now also being used in other areas such as automotive, electronics and cosmetics. In this exciting development of sustainable materials, SKZ has been involved in various projects for many years and is your contact to develop sustainable solutions. In addition to the selection of suitable materials and the creation of suitable formulations, a wide range of process and processing equipment is available to you in our technical center for your material development. At SKZ, a wide range of analyses and processing options are available to you, including material analyses (rheological and thermal analyses), compounding behavior, extrudability and injection moldability, determination of suitable welding parameters, statements on bondability, surface pretreatment, additive manufacturing (FDM).
Bioplastics can be optimized in many ways in terms of their properties by adding processing aids, stabilizers, adhesion promoters, fillers and reinforcing materials, among other things. In this way, gaps in manufacturers' portfolios can be closed by producing tailor-made compounds.
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The property profile of bioplastics can be adapted to the requirements of the end product by compounding. Here, SKZ focuses on process engineering for the continuous compounding of bioplastics as well as profile extrusion and works closely with industry partners on solutions aimed at optimizing the entire process chain and rapidly implementing them in production applications.
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At SKZ, we are permanently working on closing gaps in our knowledge of bioplastics with regard to storage, drying, injection molding processing and aging on the molded part.
Both products made of biopolymers and the processes required to manufacture them can be monitored in the laboratory or directly inline. A number of different non-destructive and, in some cases, non-contact measuring and testing methods are available for this purpose. Methods based on ultrasound, X-ray, thermography and terahertz technology, among others, enable, for example:
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Are you looking for thermal or adhesive joining techniques to join your materials with a high quality? You want to pre-treat or analyze the surface of your plastic components? SKZ supports you in the selection of mechanical or physical surface pretreatment as well as joining techniques according to technical and economic criteria, also at your site.
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In our state-of-the-art laboratories, we conduct research into the materials of tomorrow. We work closely with industry to make many good products even better and, above all, more sustainable. Challenge us. Together we will find a solution to your problem.